3 Day Budget Roadtrip on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Group 6 Blue Ridge Parkway: Virginia and North Carolina
Summer, Fall

About the location

The Blue Ridge Parkway is known as "America's favorite drive". It truly is a natural wonderland and has stunning views on every turn of the 469 mile road, along with amazing hiking and biking trails, lakes and waterfalls, and camping. It is one of the best places to see fall foliage, an amazing place to hike in summer and spring, and is exceptionally beautiful and quiet in the winter.  With it's close proximity to the D.C. metropolitan area and many other East Coast cities, the Blue Ridge Parkway is easily accessible without having to waste too much time driving to the starting point- and best of all it's free!

Guide Highlights

Best hikes, attractions, and lookouts on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Milepost description of the best places to stop along with hikes and attractions for a 3 day trip. Options that fit any travel style!

Campsites all along the parkway

Links and descriptions of campsite options for all 3 days including the location of my favorite free campsite for Day 1.

Guide Summary

The Blue Ridge Parkway has lookouts every few miles, hundreds of trails, and campsites that get booked up far in advance, making it confusing and hard to plan a trip efficiently. In this guide you will find clear information for a 3 day roadtrip from Mile 0 of the parkway, until Asheville (mile 382), the nicest part of the parkway and the easiest to get to for most people. The guide includes the exact location of 1 free developed campsite by a beautiful, flowing stream right off the Parkway for the first night. One free night's stay already saves you $20 compared to the crowded park campgrounds! In addition, there are milepost suggestions for the nicest overlooks, best hikes of all difficulties, nicest historical attractions on and off the parkway (including food suggestions and places to stock up on goods), and information for backcountry (free) camping and other campsite options throughout the 3 day suggested trip. The tallest mountain east of the Mississippi, hikes with 360 degree views, the best food in Roanoke, VA, and free campsite locations will not only save you the money spent on the guide, but will also save you the multiple hours of work and personal experience that went into it!

Featured in this guide

Local food
Photo spots
Group 31 Museums
Group 14 Hidden Gems
Group 32 Historical

Great for these trips

Cultural / Historical
Family with kids
Family without kids
Active / Adventure
Weekend Getaway


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  • Guide Architect

    Shmuel Gordon

    Shmuel Gordon

    An avid fan of roadtrips and anything nature, I have spent the past 3 years roadtripping anywhere I can, including Africa, Europe, and all over North America. I focus on quirky historical attractions, lesser crowds, and free activities meant for any budget and have a website and blog dedicated solely to planning cheap roadtrips- budgetroadtrips.com

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